Sears 9th Annual Heroes At Home Campaign

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Retailer, and iGive.com partner, Sears Holdings is once again committing to helping members of the United States Military. The Sears 9th Annual Heroes at Home campaign with Rebuilding Together is raising funds and assisting military families facing hardship by making necessary repairs, improvements or modifications to their homes. The program, which has raised more than $18 million over the past eight years thanks to donations from Shop Your Way members, customers and associates, has funded more than 1,500 home rebuilds.

Sears is committed to helping improve the lives of military families. Heroes at Home is just one of the initiatives that supports those who sacrifice in order to keep our country safe.

Rebuilding Together, the nation’s largest all volunteer home rehabilitation organization, is committed to bringing warmth, safety and accessibility to homeowners who do not have the financial or physical resources to complete home repairs and other necessary improvements.

Among the other efforts by Sears Holdings to support the military are: Military Recruiting Partnerships to help Army Spouses find employment; the Partnership for Youth Success to help find civilian jobs for young soldiers after their initial tour of duty; a Department of Defense Fellowship program.

In addition, Sears signed a Five Star Statement of Support of the Employer Support for the Guard and Reserve (ESGR), publicly demonstrating support for employees who serve in the National Guard and Reserve.

  • The five star level of support signifies that Sears:
    • Reviewed its human resources policies to ensure compliance with the Uniformed Services Employment and Re-Employment Rights Acts Law.
    • Promotes training for managers and supervisors to effectively manage associates who serve in the Guard and Reserve.
    • Adopted polices and programs that are “Above and Beyond” what is required by the USERRA Law.
    • Serves as an advocate for associate service in the National Guard and Reserve and helps to promote the mission of ESGR

 

 

 

GAP Gives Back to #endsAIDS With Special Collection

Ten years ago Bono and Bobby Shriver founded (RED) the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria and Gap was the founding apparel partner.  To mark the Anniversary, Gap is releasing a special collection.  Gap has contributed $10M and has encouraged customers to support the fight against these preventable and treatable diseases. 70 million people have been helped through (RED) efforts.

The iconic (Gap)RED logo design, featuring inspiring text such as SUPER POWE(RED), INC(RED)IBLE and FI(RED) UP, will be offered in tees, sweatshirts and tanks for men, women and kids and in onesies for baby ($24.95-$54.95). Outerwear and denim will also be offered for men and women, including a classic bomber and straight selvedge jeans for men and a denim jacket, jeans and sleeveless puffer vest for women ($79.95-$108). The collection will be available at select Gap stores around the world and on gap.com beginning July 26.

In addition, Gap is releasing a series of videos and encouraging customers to join the conversation with the hashtage #endAIDS

“It is an honor for Gap to celebrate (RED)’s 10th anniversary.  We’re proud of Gap’s role in helping (RED) launch 10 years ago,” said Jeff Kirwan, Global President, Gap. “(GAP)RED takes what we do best – creating great products that people love – and provides customers an opportunity to take part in positive change. We’re pleased that our (GAP)RED collections spark meaningful conversations that inspire people to join the movement to end AIDS.

Shoppers who purchase  the collection through iGive.com can donate to their favorite cause with every purchase in addition to supporting (RED).

About Gap
Gap is one of the world’s most iconic apparel and accessories brands and the authority on American casual style.  Founded in San Francisco in 1969, Gap’s collections are designed to build the foundation of modern wardrobes – all things denim, classic white shirts, khakis and must-have trends.  Beginning with the first international store in London in 1987, Gap continues to connect with customers online and across the brand’s about 1,700 company-operated and franchise retail locations around the world. Gap includes Women’s and Men’s apparel and accessories, GapKids, babyGap, GapMaternity, GapBody and GapFit collections.  The brand also serves value-conscious customers with exclusively-designed collections for Gap Outlet and Gap Factory Stores.  Gap is the namesake brand for leading global specialty retailer, Gap Inc. (NYSE: GPS) which includes Gap, Banana Republic, Old Navy, Athleta and Intermix. For more information, please visit www.gapinc.com.

About (RED)
(RED) was founded in 2006 by Bono and Bobby Shriver to engage businesses and people in the fight against AIDS. (RED) partners with the world’s most iconic brands that contribute up to 50% of profits from (RED)-branded goods and services to the Global Fund.  (RED) Proud Partners include: Apple, Bank of America, Beats by Dr. Dre, Belvedere, Claro, The Coca-Cola Company, GAP, MCM, NetJets, Salesforce, SAP, Starbucks, Telcel.

(RED) Special Edition partners include: aden+anais, Alessi, ALEX AND ANI, Billecart-Salmon, Ergo Depot, Fresh, Fatboy USA, Fresh, Girl Skateboards, HEAD, Le Creuset, Live Nation Entertainment, Moleskine, Mophie, NetJets, Piaggio, Uber, and Wolfnoir.

To date, (RED) has generated $350 million for the Global Fund to fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, to support HIV/AIDS grants in Ghana, Kenya, Lesotho, Rwanda, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania and Zambia. 100 percent of that money goes to work on the ground – no overhead is taken. Global Fund grants that (RED) supports have impacted more than 70 million people with prevention, treatment, counseling, HIV testing and care services.

Tommee Tippee® Helps Newborn Animals With Recycled Baby Bottles

When the last child in the home no longer needs a baby bottle, many parents are left wondering what to do or how to recycle baby bottles for a better use. Also, many parents try a variety of bottles before they find the one that their child prefers. Tommee Tippee has created the Cutest Cause,  to get all of those bottles into the paws of adorable baby animals.

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TOMMEE TIPPEE(R) HELPS PARENTS DONATE UNWANTED BABY BOTTLES TO ORPHANED NEWBORN ANIMALS (PRNewsFoto/Tommee Tippee)

For a limited time, select  Tommee Tippee Ultra bottles purchased at Babies”R”Us will include a prepaid shipping label. Customers can put any unwanted competing bottle in their new Ultra box and ship directly to one of several partner zoo nurseries or sanctuaries.

Baby animals who have been abandoned or orphaned depend on bottles to get the food and nutrition they need in their first months of life. Just this spring, three cheetah cubs were orphaned after a rare C-section at the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden. Tommee Tippee’s Cutest Cause will provide these cheetah babies, along with other nursing animals across the country, the bottles essential for feeding.

To learn more about the Cutest Cause and how you can participate, visit cutestcause.com.  If you haven’t purchased a Tommee Tippee Ultra Bottle you may mail your bottles to:

LION COUNTRY SAFARI:
Attn: Brian Dowling, Curator
2003 Lion Country Safari Road
Loxahatchee, FL 33470 US

CINCINNATI ZOO & BOTANICAL GARDEN
Attn: Cincinnati Zoo Nursery
3400 Vine St,
Cincinnati, OH 45220


Tommee Tippee® is the number one feeding brand in the UK* and one of the fastest growing baby bottle brands in North America. Babies”R”Us is a brand under the Toys“R”Us, Inc. umbrella. There are 864 Toys“R”Us and Babies“R”Us stores in the United States, Puerto Rico and Guam, and in more than 755 international stores and more than 250 licensed stores in 37 countries and jurisdictions. With e-commerce sites including Toysrus.com and Babiesrus.com, the company provides shoppers with a broad online selection. In addition, the company is committed to serving its communities as a caring and reputable neighbor.  Shoppers purchasing through the e-commerce sites can support their favorite cause by starting at iGive.com

Naturalizer Shoes & Famous Footwear is a Part of Your Community

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Logging in to the Naturalizer Shoes/ Famous Footwear parent company corporate social responsibility site: https://caleres.com/community/ highlights the commitment that Caleres places on giving back.  The corporate mission is to inspire people to feel good … feet first. Five fundamental values guide us toward that end: Passion, Accountability, Curiosity, Creativity and Caring.

In 1921, founder, George Warren Brown, established a trust to provide funds to charitable organizations. To date, more than $20 million to 501(c)(3) has been donated to organizations in St. Louis and many communities around the world where the company operates.

The mission is to support charitable organizations, which are either…

  • Strategically aligned with our mission, vision and values
  • Focused on advancing the footwear industry
  • Benefit the overall St. Louis community in growing and attracting new businesses and residents

In addition to the foundation, the company has other charitable efforts. Through the companies’ Famous Footwear stores, the company has raised more than $15 million for the March of Dimes Foundation March for Babies in communities across America.

In addition to donating, company associates have dedicated thousands and thousands of hours to local volunteerism to support organizations such as United Way, Two Ten Footwear Foundation and the American Heart Association. As a company, they encourage and applaud those who give of themselves for causes about which they are passionate. Participating in iGive.com enables shoppers to give back the causes about which they are passionate with their online purchases.

The name, Caleres comes from the Latin word calere – meaning to glow with passion or intensity. With persistent determination, Caleres has preserved the founding spirit that launched the company in 1878: a ferocity for crafting the perfect fit. Today,  are they among North America’s top footwear companies. Our portfolio focuses on contemporary fashion, healthy living and family. Merchants include: Naturalizer, Famous Footwear, Dr. Scholl’s Shoes, LifeStride, Bzees, Ryka, Sam Edleman, Franco Sarto, Via Spiga, Diane vo Furstenberg (DVF), Carlos by Carlos Santana and Fergie Footwear.

 

Verizon Offers Free Calls to France in Wake of Attacks

From July 14 -16, 2016 Verizon will be enabling wireless users to call or text from the U.S. to France and home wireline customers can make free calls to France. Verizon hopes this will enable customers affected by the attack in Nice, France to connect with family and friends.

Verizon understands that customers want to reach out to their loved ones immediately and urgently. They request that users  please check requests from local authorities regarding keeping phone lines open for emergency responders.

Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE, Nasdaq: VZ) employs a diverse workforce of 177,700 and generated nearly $132 billion in 2015 revenues. Verizon operates America’s most reliable wireless network, with more than 112 million retail connections nationwide. Headquartered in New York, the company also provides communications and entertainment services over America’s most advanced fiber-optic network, and delivers integrated business solutions to customers worldwide. Verizon is also a participating advertisers with iGive.com which enables online shoppers to donate to their cause of choice through online purchases.

 

Petco Foundation Makes Record-Setting Grant Investments

The Petco Foundation grants totaling more than $30 million in funding for animal welfare is the highest annual funding total in the foundation’s history.  The financial grants are in addition to $2 million in product donations. In total, 2770 organizations across the U.S. benefited.  A primary focus in 2015 was supporting organizations that inspire and transform their communities to reduce euthanasia of pets.

Recipients recognized for their lifesaving achievements and their relentless determination to eliminate needless euthanasia of animals in their communities include:

  • LifeLine Animal Project, an Atlanta-based, private non-profit that took over operations of two county facilities just a few years ago when euthanasia rates were over 65%. Because LifeLine has been able to inspire the community to participate in their lifesaving work, they are saving close to 90% of the 16,000 animals they care for each year at two of Atlanta’s oldest sheltering facilities.
  • Kansas City Pet Project, a newly formed organization that created excitement and hope for Kansas City and the 10,000-plus animals entering their city shelter. After assuming operations in 2012, the Kansas City Pet Project has been saving over 90% of the animals and has put their city on the national map as a leader and example of a successful lifesaving community.
  • Front Street Animal Shelter, the City of Sacramento animal shelter that has put itself on the map for its creative outreach activities. Efforts have spurred an entire community to take action and participate by fostering and volunteering to help care for more than 11,000 community animals each year. Front Street’s approach has made it one of the most engaging city shelters and created an international social media following that has contributed to the increase in its lifesaving rate from just 25% five years ago to 83% today.
  • Baltimore Animal Rescue and Care Shelter(BARCS), led by Jen Brause, whose determination to succeed despite very unfavorable conditions has been nothing less than heroic in changing the horrific 98% euthanasia rate in 2005 into a 85% save rate through the early part of 2016. BARCS is striving to save even more of the 11,000-plus animals entering its facility annually.

Significant support was provided to other up-and-coming organizations transforming communities such as the Kanawha-Charleston Humane Association (WV), Animal Care Centers of NYC, HALO Animal Rescue (Phoenix), Charleston Animal Society (SC) and The Animal Foundation (Las Vegas), in addition to many smaller rescue groups that support these lifesaving efforts.


The Petco Foundation, believes that every animal deserves to live its best life. Since 1999,more than $167 million has been invested with more than 4,000 animal welfare partners. The goal is to inspire and empower communities to make a difference by investing in adoption and medical care programs, spay/neuter services, pet cancer research, service and therapy animals, and numerous other lifesaving initiatives.

With more than 50 years of service to pet parents, Petco is a leading pet specialty retailer that focuses on nurturing powerful relationships between people and pets. We operate more than 1,430 Petco locations across the U.S., Mexico and Puerto Rico, including more than 115 Unleashed by Petco locations, a smaller format neighborhood shop; prescription services and pet supplies from the leading veterinary-operated pet product supplier, Drs. Foster & Smith; and petco.com which is a partner with iGive.com.

Walmart and Bio Eyes: Buy a Frame, Help a Child to See

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Walmart and bio eyes (b.e) eyewear announce a new eyewear collection that is helping give back through the Seva Foundation.

The program, titled “Buy a frame, Help a child to see”, helps provide teacher trainings, vision screenings, optometrist exams, prescription glasses, corrective treatments and surgeries.  These services are provided through a donation made with the sale of each bio eyes frame.

bio eyes is committed not only to making a charitable, fashion forward statement, but also to contributing to a more sustainable world. In 2016, 200,000 in-need children in India, will be given the care to clearly see a brighter future.

In addition, the bio eyes frames are made from plant-based materials that are environmentally friendly.

Together Walmart and bio eyes believe this is a positive addition to their collection, not only from a fashion standpoint but also from a corporate social responsibility one. The bio eyes men’s and women’s optical and sun collections will be available exclusively at Walmart Vision Centers with frames starting at $54.

“Our customers are not only looking for affordable, quality frames, but also products that make a difference,” said Tabitha Watkins, merchandise manager, optical, Walmart U.S.  “We’re excited to bring bio eyes to our shelves not only for what it will do for our customers, but for what is does for the environment and for children across the globe.”

Walmart shoppers who make a bio eyes frame purchase online through iGive.com will also earn a donation for their favorite cause.

About Walmart

What started small, with a single discount store and the simple idea of selling more for less, has grown over the last 50 years into the largest retailer in the world. Today, nearly 260 million customers visit our more than 11,500 stores under 63 banners in 28 countries and e-commerce sites in 11 countries each week. With fiscal year 2016 revenue of $482.1 billion, Walmart employs 2.3 million associates worldwide – 1.5 million in the U.S. alone. It’s all part of our unwavering commitment to creating opportunities and bringing value to customers and communities around the world.

Kmart and March of Dimes Help Prevent Zika

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Kmart is donating $250,000 to support the March of Dimes’ Zika advocacy and education campaign.

#ZAPika focuses on up-to-the-minute education on Zika in both English and Spanish.

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March of Dimes Foundation Logo (PRNewsFoto/March of Dimes Foundation)

Kmart has been the top corporate sponsor for the March of Dimes for 33 years. The Zika contribution is just a small portion of the more than $140 million raised by Kmart since 1983.

 

“Kmart is the gold standard for corporate philanthropy,” says Dr. Jennifer L. Howse, president of the March of Dimes. “For 33 years Kmart, their associates and customers, have helped give every baby a fighting chance and now they are leading the fight against the Zika virus.”

As part of the campaign, March of Dimes issued the top 5 tips for Zika Prevention (#ZAPzika):

  1. Use spray, keep mosquitoes away: make sure it’s EPA registered.
  2. Say you will, embrace the chill: use air conditioning and window screens if possible.
  3. If it’s wet, it’s a threat: remove still water.
  4. Get protected, not infected: wear clothes to prevent bites. Use a condom to prevent sexual transmission.
  5. If you suspect, then connect: call your health care provider if you are at risk of infection.

The English website is www.marchofdimes.org/zika and Spanish website is www.nacersano.org/zika. Or, you can ask a question in both languages at www.marchofdimes.org/ask-us.aspx.

About Kmart
Kmart is making shopping fun again. The retailer, a subsidiary of Sears Holdings Corporation (NASDAQ: SHLD), is bringing back the iconic Bluelight Specials, hosting Freebie Saturdays and in-store family events for its Shop Your Way members and customers. Kmart offers customers thrilling deals and amazing finds on quality products and exclusive brands including Jaclyn Smith, Joe Boxer, Route 66 and Smart Sense. Kmart shoppers who use iGive.com can donate to their favorite cause with every online purchase.

About the March of Dimes
The March of Dimes is the leading nonprofit organization for pregnancy and baby health. For more than 75 years, moms and babies have benefited from March of Dimes research, education, vaccines, and breakthroughs. For the latest resources and health information, visit our websites marchofdimes.org and nacersano.org. If you have been affected by prematurity or birth defects, visit our shareyourstory.org community to find comfort and support. For detailed national, state and local perinatal statistics, visit persistats.org. You can also find us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter.

Scholastic Breaks Down Barriers For Teaching Students With Autism Spectrum Disorder

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Scholastic is releasing a new book focused on helping teachers work more effectively with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Autism Spectrum Disorder in the Inclusive Classroom: How to Reach and Teach Students with ASD, by Barbara Boroson, shares strategies for addressing challenges faced by Kindergarten through 8th grade students.

Borson is both a professional development provider with 25 years of experience in autism spectrum education and the mother of a teenage son with ASD.

Autism Spectrum Disorder in the Inclusive Classroom delivers critical information and proven strategies to help students with ASD succeed in school, including:

  • Classroom set-up and environment
  • Building an inclusive classroom community
  • Teaching strategies and pitfalls
  • Behavior management and support
  • Incorporation of adaptive technology and apps
  • Collaboration with families
  • Engagement with paraprofessionals, coaches, building staff, and bus staff

“Barbara’s book is essential reading for every teacher and we are honored to publish it,” said Tara Welty, Vice President, Group Editorial Director of Scholastic Teacher Resources. Her clear, concise strategies will help them create a classroom community where children with ASD thrive, while keeping the rest of the class engaged and on track.”

This book is just part of Scholastics ongoing commitment to the community, to educators, and to giving back. Being and iGive.com participating retailer is just part of this commitment.

Scholastic Professional honors educators as dedicated professionals who care deeply about the intellectual and personal growth of their students and are passionate about their own continuous professional growth. To that end, through Scholastic Professional we aim to help educators achieve their goals by offering superior professional services, books and curricular resources from leading experts in K–12 education.

The Scholastic team of Professional Learning and Literacy Specialists helps educators initiate, develop and sustain professional learning through a range of services for teachers and school leaders, including:

  • Expert consulting for custom professional development
  • Instructional coaching
  • Implementation services
  • Professional learning courses and institutes
  • Family engagement and Integrated Learning Supports
  • Literacy Leadership Academy

 

The North Face Connects People to the Outdoors

iGive.com partner, The North Face Connects People to the Outdoors

Each year The North Face awards grants to nonprofit organizations that encourage participants to experience the outdoors. 2016 is the National Park Service Centennial, so special consideration was given to groups that run programs in national parks and federally managed lands.

“We are thankful for The North Face’s support of our shared goal of preparing the next generation of outdoor stewards and enthusiasts,” said Sally Jewell, Secretary for the U.S. Department of the Interior. “For three years now, they have partnered with the Department of the Interior and invested in our efforts to provide more opportunities for young people to play, learn, serve and work outdoors.”

Organizations from this year’s 2016 Explore Fund grantees include:

  • Mountain Park Environmental Center (MPEC): MPEC, in partnership with the Pueblo Rape Crisis Services, manages a three part outdoor adventure series for female survivors of sexual violence. The program aims to use nature as a source of strength and healing, to encourage positive self-esteem, feelings of community, connectedness and a new sense of empowerment.
  • Paradox SportsParadox Sports works to identify, foster and grow communities of adaptive climbing and mountaineering athletes across the country. The grant from The North Face will specifically support the organization’s Yosemite National Park Experience, which brings veterans, as well as non-veterans with disabilities, together for a week of climbing in the national park. Funding will also support the Joshua Tree National Park Experience, which is a first of its kind program that teaches adaptive climbers the technical skills they need to increase their independence as climbers.
  • Sacred RokSacred Rok leads day and overnight trips in Yosemite for low income, incarcerated, and foster youth ages 7 – 21. Participants spend time nature camping, hiking, rock climbing, learning trail building basics, and environmental stewardship principals. These trips help youth feel comfortable in nature in addition to building self-confidence and inspiring respect for the environment.
  • City Kids Wilderness Project: City Kids is focused on addressing the lack of participation, access and connection to the outdoors for under-resourced youth in Washington, D.C, and translating outdoor and adventure experiences into long-term success. The program provides after school, weekend and summer outdoor adventure programming, including backpacking, canoeing, and backcountry hiking, as well as job training and college preparation programming.

Projected impact, clarity of the proposal and alignment to the spirit of adventure and exploration were among the key factors considered in the Explore Fund awards.

The North Face includes giving back as a major part of its corporate mission. In addition to the Explore Fund, which has since provided more than $2.2 million in grants to organizations committed to inspiring people to explore the outdoors and care for the environment shoppers can utilize iGive.com to shop The North Face and give back to their favorite causes.

About The North Face®
The North Face, a division of VF Outdoor, Inc., was founded in 1966 with the goal of preparing outdoor athletes for the rigors of their next adventure. Today we are the world’s leading outdoor brand, creating athlete-tested, expedition-proven products that help people explore and test the limits of human potential. We protect our outdoor playgrounds and minimize our impact on the planet through programs that encourage sustainability. The North Face products are available at premium and specialty retail sporting goods stores globally and we are headquartered in California on a LEED Platinum-certified campus. For more information, please visit www.thenorthface.com.

About the National Park Foundation
The National Park Foundation is the official charity of America’s national parks and nonprofit partner to the National Park Service. Chartered by Congress in 1967, the National Park Foundation raises private funds to help PROTECT more than 84 million acres of national parks through critical conservation and preservation efforts, CONNECT all Americans with their incomparable natural landscapes, vibrant culture and rich history, and INSPIRE the next generation of park stewards. In 2016, commemorating the National Park Service’s 100th anniversary, the Foundation launched The Centennial Campaign for America’s National Parks, a $350 million comprehensive fundraising campaign to strengthen and enhance the future of these national treasures for the next hundred years. Find out more and become a part of the national park community at www.nationalparks.org